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Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

Robert Greenfield - May 4; player bass with the Stranglers; the British punk band had U.K. hits with "Golden Brown" (No. 2, 1982), "Strange Little Girl" (No. 7, 1982), "Peaches" (No. 8, 1977), "No More Heroes" (No. 8, 1977) and "Something Better Change" (No. 9, 1977); suffered from a heart conditon and tested positive for Covid-19 while hospitalized; was 71.

Henry Grimes - Apr. 15; Philadelphia-raised free-jazz bassist played with Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Gerry Mulligan and others and released seven albums as a leader from 1965-2014; suffered from Covid-19; was 84.

• Bob Gullotti - Jan. 25; Boston-based jazz drummer played with Phish on three occasions and taught at the Berklee School of Music; cause undisclosed; was 70.

James "Slim" Hand - June 8; Texas-born country singer recorded six albums from 1999-2015; suffered from heart disease; was 67.

• Steven Hanford - May 21; drummer with Portland, OR punk band Poison Idea; nicknamed "Slayer Hippie"; suffered a heart attack; was 50.

Andre Harrell - May 8; music industry executive founded Uptown Records and signed Sean Combs and Mary J. Blige, among others; performed in rap group Dr. Jeckll & Mr. Hyde; cause undisclosed; was 59.

• Mike Huckaby - Apr. 24; Detroit DJ noted for his mix of techno, groove and jazz; suffered a stroke and contracted the coronavirus; was 54.

Brian Howe - May 6; British singer perfomed with Bad Finger (1986-1994) and Ted Nugent (1984); suffered a heart attack and caridac arrest; was 66.

• Hachalu Hundessa - June 29; Ethiopian singer and activist was shot and killed in Addis Ababa; he was jailed from 2003-2008 for taking part in protests against persecution of the country's Oromo people; was 34.

• Ivan Král - Feb. 2; Czech-born guitarist in the Patti Smith Group from 1975-1979 and director of The Blank Generation (1976); suffered from cancer; was 71.

Bobby Lewis - Apr. 28; Indiana-born R&B/rock & roll singer had hits with "Tossin' and Turnin'" (No. 1, 1961) and "One Track Mind" (No. 9, 1960); suffered from pneumonia; was 95.

William "Buzzy" Linhart - Feb. 13; New York folk singer known for co-writing (with Moogy Klingman) and originally recording "(You've Got to Have)" Friends," which was No. 40 hit for Bettle Midler in 1973; had a heart condition; was 73.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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